Interstate 95 is now open again both directions in Jasper County after heavy flooding caused by Tropical Depression Bonnie’s rain.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation set up a five-mile detour around the flooded section of I-95 near mile marker 22.
South Carolina largely avoided serious damage from Tropical Depression Bonnie, which weakened from its tropical storm status before coming ashore Sunday. One exception was along Captain Bill Creek north of Ridgeland. The flooding eventually covered and shut down I-95 going both directions roughly 30 miles north of Savannah. Northbound lanes eventually reopened Sunday afternoon and traffic was allowed southbound again around 1:00 a.m. Monday.
Rescue boats had to save several stranded drivers who got stuck in floodwaters elsewhere in Ridgeland. In all, SCDOT crews closed four roads — three which cross Captain Bill Creek and a fourth along SC 462 northeast of town.
The Jasper County Detention Center was also evacuated Sunday due to rising floodwaters. A jail spokeswoman told WJCL-TV that around 50 inmates were temporarily sent to other nearby counties.